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Diabetes is a lifestyle disease. It is one among the 8 major diseases. Nowadays it is quite common to have diabetes by the age of 35. It is diabetes that leads to various other major diseases. People who usually slept by 10 and woke up at 5 in the morning, now sleep only by 12 midnight and wake up quite late. This change in timing leads to many diseases. Waking up late leads to “thamogunam” and it also affects “Daathu” and “Agni”. Sleeping late at night leads to increase  “Vata”. There needs to be equilibrium amongst “Vata”, “Pitha” and “Kapha”. Waking up late leads to increase in “Kapham”. When one has food at the wrong time, it affects the “Pitha” negatively. Every human body is made up of 5 major elements. Ayurveda talks about 20 types of diabetes and the medicines for each of them are different as well. It is possible to control each and every type of diabetes with the help of Ayurvedic medicines. A special way of treatment has been developed at Pockanchery for diabetes. By using the Ayurvedic method of treatment for diabetes, there are absolutely no side effects and patients end up getting even more energetic. Most of the medicines used in Ayurveda is procured from nature and are usually a part of our daily food intake as well. Hence, the medicines taken for a particular disease wouldn’t lead to another one.


Since ayurveda considers diabetes mainly as excess in kapha dosha, it recommends a Kapha-pacifying diet to keep diabetes under control. The guidelines include eating more foods that are bitter, astringent, or pungent in taste – and refraining from the consumption of foods that are sweet, sour, or salty.
Ayurvedic dietary prescription takes many factors into accounts, such as age, body constitution, season, and other environmental and social factors, so a consultation with a trained practitioner is necessary to make specific individual recommendations.

Dietary recommendations:-

  • Eat foods that have a balancing effect upon the dominant dosha or that will pacify (balance) a dosha that has become excessive or aggravated. Because Kapha is heavy, oily, and cold so favour foods that are light, dry, or warm.
  • Reduce your intake of dairy, which tends to increase Kapha. You can use small amounts of ghee, low-fat milk, and low-fat yogurt.
  • Drinking hot ginger tea with meals helps stimulate slow digestion. Drink 2–3 cups of ginger tea daily.
  • All kinds of beans are good for Kapha texcept for soybeans and tofu, which should be eaten in moderation.
  • Favour lighter fruits such as apples, pears, pomegranates, cranberries, and apricots. Reduce heavier fruits like bananas, pineapples, and figs.
  • Grains: Favour barley, corn, millet, buckwheat, and rye. Reduce intake of oats, rice, and wheat.
  • All spices except salt are pacifying to Kapha. Use pungent spices like pepper, cayenne, mustard seed, and ginger freely in your diet.

The Ayurvedic perspective on balancing Kapha is consistent with Western medicine’s current understanding of the proper diet for diabetes, which recommends minimizing simple carbohydrates, fats, and other heavy foods while increasing “lighter” foods such as beans (as the main protein source), whole grains, and lighter fruits and vegetables.